Daniel Mendelsohn on Constantine Cavafy

Frequent Review contributor Daniel Mendelsohn speaks with Sasha Weiss about the "poet-historian" Constantine Cavafy. Mendelsohn's new translation of Cavafy's Collected Poems will be published in the spring of 2009, along with an accompanying volume of thirty unfinished poems that have never before been translated into English.


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William Easterly on Foreign Aid Militarization

Economist William Easterly speaks with Hugh Eakin about the recent militarization of Western foreign aid policy, the dangers of this new "aid imperialism," and the role economists have played in its development.


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Sue Halpern on Reportage from Iraq and Afghanistan

Frequent Review contributor Sue Halpern speaks with Eve Bowen about several recent films and books that reveal the realities of the war on terror, about which most Americans remain ignorant.


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Elizabeth Drew on the President-Elect

Veteran Washington observer and regular Review contributor Elizabeth Drew talks to Hugh Eakin about Obama's transition strategy, his cabinet picks, and the new style of governance.


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Perry Link on China’s Charter 08

Perry Link, professor of East Asian studies at Princeton University, speaks with Hugh Eakin about the Chinese state's reaction to Charter 08, a document calling for increased human rights and democracy signed by thousands of Chinese citizens since its release in early December.


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Barry Goldensohn Reads Selected Poems

Poet Barry Goldensohn reads "The Hundred Yard Dash Man," "Back Roads," and "Driving Westward to San Diego," and speaks with Jana Prikryl about his life and work.


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William Dalrymple on Pakistan

William Dalrymple speaks with Sasha Weiss about the spread of radical Islam in Central and South Asia since September 11, 2001, and its implications for Pakistan's future.


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Darryl Pinckney and Mark Danner on Obama’s Inauguration

Frequent Review contributors Darryl Pinckney and Mark Danner speak with Sasha Weiss about Barack Obama's inauguration ceremony, his first few days in office, and the promise of his presidency.


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Robert Malley on Gaza

Robert Malley speaks with Hugh Eakin about the war in Gaza, its political implications for the region, and the steps the Obama administration might take towards achieving peace between Israelis and Palestinians.


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Alison Lurie on John Updike

Alison Lurie speaks with Giles Harvey about John Updike's life, his work, and his place in American literary history.


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Tim Flannery on The Superorganism

Tim Flannery speaks with Eve Bowen about E. O. Wilson and Bert Hölldobler's The Superorganism, a new book on insect societies, and its implications for understanding humanity.


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Hilton Als on Gus Van Sant’s Milk

Critic Hilton Als speaks with Michael Shae about Van Sant's film in light of Harvey Milk's experiences as a gay man in the 1950s and 1960s, and about Milk's personal and political legacy.


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J. Michael Lennon on Norman Mailer’s Letters

J. Michael Lennon, who is at work on an authorized biography of Norman Mailer, speaks with Sasha Weiss about Mailer's letters and what they reveal about his ambitions, his relationships with other writers, and his enduring obsessions.


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Lorrie Moore on Donald Barthelme

Lorrie Moore speaks with Andrew Palmer about Hiding Man, Tracy Daugherty's new biography of Donald Barthelme.


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Anita Desai on Azar Nafisi

Novelist Anita Desai speaks with Eve Bowen about Things I've Been Silent About, Iranian expatriate Azar Nafisi's new memoir.


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Mark Danner on the ICRC Report on US Torture

Mark Danner talks to Hugh Eakin about the confidential International Committee of the Red Cross report on the CIA's secret prisons and reads excerpts from detainee Abu Zubaydah's firsthand account of torture.


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Jonathan Raban on Wendy and Lucy

Jonathan Raban speaks with Charles Petersen about Kelly Reichardt's film Wendy and Lucy and the stories of Jon Raymond, and about how these works illuminate—and are illuminated by—the socioeconomic realities of the Pacific Northwest.


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Dan Chiasson on John Ashbery

Poet and critic Dan Chiasson speaks with Giles Harvey about John Ashbery's life and work, and reflects on the demanding pleasures of reading Ashbery's poetry.


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John Ashbery Reads Selected Poems

John Ashbery reads sixteen of his own selections from among the more than forty poems he has published in the Review since the 1970s, and comments on a few of his most obscure film and literary references. © 2009 John Ashbery. All rights to this recorded material belong to the author. Used with gracious permission of John Ashbery.


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Pico Iyer on the Dalai Lama

Drawing on his long personal relationship with the Dalai Lama, Pico Iyer speaks with Hugh Eakin about the Tibetan leader's stark new view of the Chinese regime and the future of Tibet.


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